Forgive Governor Pete Ricketts if he seems somewhat distracted; his Cubs have gone from lovable losers to the Major League Baseball play-offs.
After defeating the Pirates in Pittsburgh, the Cubs are in St. Louis preparing for a 5-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals, their hated rivals.
Ricketts sees parallels between his family’s ownership of the Cubs and his stewardship in Nebraska.
“Certainly, it’s the culmination of a lot of work,” Ricketts tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Really, what we’re doing with the Cubs is changing the culture there to one of accountability and excellence and that’s the same thing we’re doing in state government; bringing in new people to change that culture with the goal of doing a better job of serving the people of Nebraska.”
That’s a fine, proper answer for a governor.
But, what about the baseball fan, Pete Ricketts, and this historic showdown between the Cubs and Cardinals?
“And with regard to St. Louis,” Ricketts says. “I’m confident we’re going to beat them.”
The Cubs, Cardinals game is tonight in St. Louis, one of four MLB play-off games today.
With all due respect to the governor, many Nebraskans will be more attuned to the Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros game, since former Nebraska Cornhusker Alex Gordon plays for the Royals. The Royals play this afternoon in Kansas City, down one game to none to the Astros.